Why work and wellbeing go hand-in-handTo help micro business owners prioritise health and wellbeing in the workplace without sacrificing productivity, Business Advice has teamed up with AXA PPP healthcare to support their SME Work and Wellbeing programme ? a collaboration with cross-industry business leaders. Its aim is to showcase real-world experience to support and inform small and developing businesses of the importance of health and wellbeing in the workplace.
AXA PPP healthcare is working in collaboration with four entrepreneurs passionate about work and wellbeing to help fellow business owners and their staff think about health in a positive way.We caught up with some of these business owners to see how small changes can deliver positive results for businesses and the people running them.
Does your environment inspire you?Establishing a health-conscious workplace can aid staff retention and recruitment. Gina Conway, who owns a London-based salon, knew that creating a business where employees enjoyed coming into work was crucial. ?People are looking for natural solutions to a busy and often crazy world,? she said. ?My salons are a small oasis where people can escape and rejuvenate. I always aim to hire people who thrive in these environments and are naturally warm towards others.?
Do you take time for recovery?A personal ill-health experience caused Andrew Humphries, co-founder of innovation accelerator The Bakery, to rethink his approach to workplace wellbeing. ?Two years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer completely out of the blue, which was a real knock as I?ve always been relatively fit and healthy,? Humphries said. ?I?m thankful that I can call myself a cancer survivor but it has made me more conscious of becoming ill and how it impacts both myself and my team.
?It is important to encourage staff not to struggle in to their desks when they?re not well and allow time for recovery.?Too many small business owners have struggled to access the support and resources they need to run their company without sacrificing health. These business owners are passionate about developing wellbeing cultures and know what it takes to cultivate a healthy environment that will help a small business succeed, proving that work and wellbeing are essentially two sides of the same coin. Visit AXA PPP healthcare?s Work & Wellbeing programme for inspiration for your business.
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